Prophylaxis (preventive treatment)

In medicine, prophylaxis means "prevention of disease". This term has a particularly strong emphasis in dentistry. Because without bacterial plaque, caries or periodontitis is also not possible.

Home oral care has its limits because, from a dental point of view, everyone has certain "problem areas" where plaque can accumulate.

In addition, many teeth are rotated or tilted. Thus, good tooth cleaning with a toothpaste and a normal toothbrush is unfortunately limited.

Therefore, the following applies: prevention is better than aftercare!

Appointment booking

We welcome you to Zahnpark Mannheim. Our dental practice is centrally located in Mannheim (M7, house number 16, near the main train station).

In a comfortable atmosphere we offer our customers a wide range of professional treatment options. Our competent team is also personally available for information and questions.

Our approach to adult prophylaxis:

Adult preventive dental care usually includes the following:

  • Preventive dental check-up 2 times a year
  • Removal of hard and soft plaque (professional teeth cleaning)
  • Measurement of gum depths
  • Polishing of all tooth surfaces
  • Education and nutritional counseling
  • If necessary, remineralization of tooth surfaces decalcified by plaque with fluorine
  • Recommendation and demonstration of oral care at home
  • Early diagnosis, treatment and prevention of gum disease
  • Early diagnosis, treatment and prevention of bad breath
  • Early diagnosis and minimally invasive fillings if needed
  • Examination of dental prostheses and implants to prolong their service life
Zahnärztin in einer Behandlung
Zahnärztin in einer Behandlung
Mädchen beim Zahnarzt
Mädchen beim Zahnarzt

This is what Zahnpark Mannheim offers in the area of children's prophylaxis:

We are also very happy to be there for your children. With a lot of empathy we take care of their special needs and support the health of their teeth from the very beginning.

  • Preventive check-up 2-mail annually
  • Education and oral hygiene training
  • Demonstration of effective brushing techniques
  • Visualization of bacterial plaque and weak points
  • Determination of the caries risk
  • Increasing the resistance of enamel by fluoridation and fissure sealing
  • Nutritional counseling
  • Early diagnosis and treatment of dental damage

Frequently asked questions about prophylaxis (preventive treatment)

What dental prophylaxis do you offer for children?

From the first little tooth, you can come to us with your child and start prophylaxis. Counseling parents plays an important role in the initial phase.

In addition, we offer the complete range of dental prophylaxis for children at Zahnpark Mannheim. This includes, for example, tooth cleaning, fluoridation of the molars, fissure sealing and nutritional counseling with regard to healthy children's teeth.

To what extent is professional tooth cleaning also part of prophylaxis?

Even though professional tooth cleaning is not covered by the health insurance system, it is one of the most effective measures in prophylaxis. With the help of state-of-the-art instruments, we clean your teeth of bacterial plaque.

This reduces your risk of caries and periodontitis.

Which prophylaxis at the dentist is paid by the health insurance?

The prophylaxis regulations of the statutory health insurances are very similar, because the majority of the health insurance benefits are identical for all insurances.

For adults, a checkup is usually paid for twice a year, while scaling is only paid for once a year. Every two years, you are also entitled to participate in periodontitis screening.

Whether you are also entitled to a professional dental cleaning, you may have to clarify with your health insurance company. This is a voluntary benefit under the terms of some health insurance plans.

What is the Periodontal Screening Index?

Since 2004, the so-called Periodontal Screening Index has been one of the services provided by the statutory health insurers.

The diagnosis is made with a special, small probe. We use it to measure any gum pockets that may be present in the upper and lower jaw. This allows us to assess whether periodontitis may require treatment.

How much does prophylaxis cost for self-pay patients?

We tailor the suggestions for your prophylaxis exactly to you and your individual needs. In addition, we will clarify with you which benefits your health insurance pays for and whether you may have additional insurance that covers further costs.

Then we can tell you exactly what costs you will have to pay yourself if you decide on a particular prophylaxis.

How much time do I have to plan for prophylaxis?

Preventive dental care or prophylaxis can consist of very different elements and thus take more or less time.

For example, professional tooth cleaning usually takes between 45 and 60 minutes.


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